Communities across the United States answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. Now Tennessee causes need your help by voting for them to bring money to their communities.
From Aug. 15 through Aug. 24, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com to help bring a $25,000 grant to each of the Top 40 vote-getters.
In Murfreesboro, only one non-profit made the cut. That non-profit is Murfreesboro Cold Patrol, which serves homeless in our community not only in winter months, but on a daily basis. If they receive the grant money, the goal is to put a full time case manager on the streets of Murfreesboro. VISIT The Voting Page HERE
Amber Hampton with the Murfreesboro Cold Patrol wrote, "With $25,000 we would be able to hire a case manager dedicated to working directly with the chronically homeless population. Right now we are entirely volunteer-run. Our current outreach team is out on nights and weekends, but everyone has a full time job. This limits the impact we are able to have, specifically during working hours. Many of those we work with have disabling conditions that prevent them from holding full time employment. The wait for case managers to help with disability is often months. With a case manager on staff, we would be able to help fill out disability claims for those who are the most vulnerable in our community. We would also be able to proactively work with those in our transitional housing program to move towards self-sufficiency faster, meaning we could house more people. We can work proactively with other local nonprofits to increase access to services and help keep those who have been lost in the "system" from falling through the cracks again."
Two thousand submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. At least one cause was received from each state. The State Farm Review Committee selected the Top 200 finalists.
The Top 200 causes have until Aug. 24 at 11:59pm ET to rally votes and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. Voters can use them all on one cause, or spread them out in any way among multiple causes. On September 25, the Top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.
"State Farm has a rich history of working with local organizations to help build safer, stronger, and better educated communities across the United States," said Ed Woods, Director - Human Resources at State Farm. "The Neighborhood Assist program inspires people to play an active role in bringing grants directly to their community to meet their local needs."
For a complete list of the Top 200 causes or to vote for a cause, go to www.neighborhoodassist.com starting on August 15 at 12:01am ET.